Flood Kills Bike Rider, Destroys Properties Worth Millions

Flood Kills Bike Rider, Destroys Properties Worth Millions
July 05 08:06 2017 Print This Article

A 33-year- old commercial motorcyclist identified as Adeniyi Victor was killed on Tuesday in the flood caused by hours of torrential downpour in Ado Ekiti.

This is just as properties worth millions of naira were destroyed ?in many areas of the Ekiti State capital over ran with flood.

The mostly affected areas were Nova, Basiri, Adebayo, Iworoko Road, Elemi among others where hundreds of houses and ?shops were flooded.

Victor’s body was recovered by a search party involving a police team deployed by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdullahi Chafe, in Elemi’s bank in Ado Ekiti.

Witnesses said  the deceased was swept away by the flood along with his motorbike, while trying to cross a bridge built on Elemi River at Ayemi, along Iworoko Road in the state capital.

The source said the ‘okada’ man, conveying two passengers had got to that point where the bridge had been covered by fast-flowing water and rather than taking a detour, he was said to have dared the fast-flowing water and decided to cross, even when many had tried without success.

“While trying to cross, he lost control in the Elémi channel at Ayemi garage area of Adebayo. He ignored the entreaties and admonitions by motorists and other commercial motorcyclists, who had earlier failed in their attempt to cross the channel and had decided to wait for the water to recede.

“He had two passengers, the passengers chose not to go with him but he insisted that he had the knowledge of the way and how best to wade through the flood.

“When he lost control and water was taking away his bike, he tried to rescue the bike and along the line, he fell. The onlookers were helpless when he lost control, and that they had watched helplessly from afar as he was overwhelmed by the flood.

”The Ekiti Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, who confirmed the incident, said the police joined in searching for the deceased’s corpse.

“It was an unfortunate incident because the incident could have been averted if he had taken precaution. We have been able to identify him and his body has been taken to the morgue at Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti,” he said.

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